Star47 Program

Cecil the Sagehen in Hawaiian shirt

Hello from Pomona’s Annual Giving Associates!

Our Annual Giving Associates are all Pomona students who love talking with alumni and families through the Office of Annual Giving's Star47 student outreach program to provide the latest news about what's happening on campus, learn about Pomona alumni experiences, history and traditions, and share ways to support current students.

Annual Giving Associates also serve as student philanthropy ambassadors on campus, sharing resources that enrich the student experience with their peers. Here's a chance to get to know them a little better!

Meet Our Associates

Wendy ’26 is a Cognitive Science major here at Pomona. On campus, she is also the photo editor of The Student Life newspaper of the 5Cs. She enjoys helping other students as the Language Partner at Oldenborg, where she often enjoys lunch at the language tables. In her free time, Wendy loves playing the violin, watching musicals, and learning languages. Her favorite part of being an Annual Giving Associate is hearing from different alumni about their experiences at Pomona and thanking the donors that shape her student experience.

Lily ’24 is a Media Studies major and Asian American studies minor from San Francisco, CA. She is a co-captain on the women’s club volleyball team and works with Fridaid on the Quad and 5C Art for Liberation to organize mutual aid on campus. In her free time, Lily enjoys thrifting, hanging out with friends, and exploring LA.

Arie ’26 hails from Chicago, Illinois and is planning on majoring in French and English. She loves reading, playing with her Nintendo Switch, and running outdoors. Arie is excited to take advantage of Pomona’s study abroad opportunities and study in Senegal to further her love of creative writing and make connections that she will cherish forever. Her favorite part of being an Annual Giving Associate is learning about the alumni who helped shape Pomona!

Ella ’25 is from Idaho and is majoring in psychology and minoring in English. Ella plans to pursue Clinical Psychology after her four years at Pomona, hoping to work with children and possibly become an elementary school counselor. In her free time, Ella volunteers at San Jose Elementary School with Pomona’s Learning in Collaboration Program. During the weekend, she loves to thrift, lay in the sun on Marston Quad and skateboard. Her favorite part of being an Annual Giving Associate is connecting with alumni and getting to hear their stories about attending Pomona.

Balan ’27 is a first-year studying Economics and Classics. He is involved with Pomona Consulting Group, the beach volleyball club, and Claremont Tamasha. In his free time, Balan enjoys playing metal guitar, reading novels, and taking long walks. As an Annual Giving Associate, he has gotten the opportunity to speak with alumni on various interesting subjects, getting a taste of what life is after Pomona!

Charlotte ’26 is a sophomore double-majoring in International Relations and Economics. At Pomona, she finds herself enjoying learning new words in French or Japanese at the Oldenborg Language Tables and rehearsing challenging yet diverse repertoires in the Pomona College Choir. Her favorite part of being an Annual Giving Associate is having the opportunity to harness communication skills by learning about the colorful stories of diverse alumni and their connections to the Sagehen community.

Saira ’26 is a sophomore from Yorba Linda, CA, majoring in Chemistry and Music, on the pre-med track. On campus, she is vice president of the Claremont Tamasha Bollywood dance club, a member of the Pomona College Orchestra, and a music mentor for piano through the Draper Center. Her favorite part of being an Annual Giving Associate is building connections with alumni that share similar interests and reflections of an uplifting Pomona experience.

Alice '26 is a sophomore from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, majoring in Economics. She loves hanging out with friends, traveling, and playing/watching sports. She also volunteers at the San Jose Elementary School with LINC (Pomona College’s Learning In Collaboration Program), where she tutors math to elementary students. During the summer, she was a research intern at a Brazilian Educational NGO, whose purpose is to improve the quality of children’s public education in Brazil. Along with her passion for education, her favorite part of working as an Annual Giving Associate is connecting with alumni, listening to their experiences at Pomona College, and contributing to the Sagehen Community through philanthropy and stewardship.

Mariela ’27 is from a small town near the US-Mexico border called San Juan, Texas. She loves learning about how the world works from different lenses, which is why she has decided to pursue a double major in Economics and Art. Outside of her schoolwork, she really enjoys crocheting, taking walks around campus, and listening to music.

Jalen ’27 is a prospective computer science and economics double major from Las Vegas. He enjoys running for the Pomona Pitzer track team, reading, and playing volleyball. He is also a member of the Economics cohort and looks forward to taking advantage of the unique research opportunities offered to Pomona students.

Meet Archie and Moe—The Official Star47 Pet Ambassadors

Archie is a playful kitten whose favorite activities include cuddling with his stuffed Cecil toy, exploring campus with our Star47 Associates and indulging in a good treat. He can be found on campus playing in Seaver House or taking a nap on a student’s lap.

Moe is an energetic Cockapoo with a passion for philanthropy. When he's not chasing frisbees in Marston Quad or eating chicken tenders at the Coop, you can catch him joining study sessions at the library, making new friends during campus walks and finding ways to give back to Pomona's students. He's so excited to work with Star47!